About the CAP Program

Who needs this accelerated program:

  • Certificate in AccountancyCollege graduates who have decided late in their college programs to switch professions
  • Professionals in other fields who want to quickly enter the accounting profession
  • Accounting students who need to complete accounting education requirements to sit for the CPA exam
  • Candidates for the Master of Accountancy who need a few leveling courses

The length of time it takes to complete your CAP program is dependent on your educational background, from as little as 90 days up to seven months.

Here’s how CAP prepares you for a career in accounting:

CAP is a hybrid educational program that combines online and classroom-based courses. Students have the option of taking one of two tracks or creating a customized track based on their desired start date and program completion timeline.

While a customized program can be built around student interest and educational background, typical programs include:

SUMMER DAY PROGRAM:  CAP for aspiring accountants, a seven-month program beginning in May:
Semester/Format Course Hours
Summer/Morning Class Financial Accounting 3
Summer/Morning Class Intermediate Accounting I 4
Summer/Morning Class Intermediate Accounting II 4
Summer/Morning Class Advanced Accounting 3
Summer/Morning Class Federal Income Taxation 4
Summer/Morning Class Principles of Auditing 3
Summer/Morning Class Cost Accounting 3
Fall/Online Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting 3
Fall/Online Accounting Information Systems 3


EVENING PROGRAM:   CAP for working professionals, a 12-15 month program beginning in May:
Semester/Format Course Hours
Summer/Online Financial Accounting 3
Summer/Online Managerial Accounting 3
Fall/Evening Class (Term I) Intermediate Accounting I 3
Fall/Evening Class (Term I) Cost Accounting 3
Fall/Evening Class (Term II) Intermediate Accounting II 3
Fall/Evening Class (Term II) Principles of Auditing 3
Spring/Evening Class (Term I) Federal Income Taxation 3
Spring/Evening Class (Term II) Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting 3
Spring/Online (Term II) Accounting Information Systems 3
Summer/ Evening Class Advanced Accounting 3

Class days and times:

Summer classes, the fastest way to earn a CAP, meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. Students should anticipate four to six hours daily of outside class study. Students are strongly encouraged to limit all non-academic activity while enrolled in CAP summer classes--students will not be able to successfully complete a summer CAP class if working full time.

For students who need to work full time during their program, evening classes meet once a week for eight weeks, primarily on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. This means it will take a little more time to receive the CAP.

Some classes are offered online.

Students seeking the Evening Program, contact John Williams at john.williams@lipscomb.edu or directly at 615-966-5279. John is the director of the evening program and will be able to answer any questions about helping you apply for the program and register for classes.

If you have questions about the program itself, contact Charles Frasier, Director of CAP. You can reach him at charles.frasier@lipscomb.edu or directly at 615-966-5738.